The Sundance Film Festival’s sale scoreboard can record two more deals. Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood’s documentary “Magic Trip,” while Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American, Australian and New Zealand rights to actress-director Vera Farmiga’s “Higher Ground.”
More than three dozen Sundance movies have been sold after their screenings in Park City, Utah, and Monday’s deals are not the first for Magnolia or Sony Classics. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Magnolia previously announced its deals for Mark Pellington’s “I Melt With You” and Jason Eisener’s “Hobo With a Shotgun.” Sony Classics bought John Michael McDonagh’s “The Guard,” Jeff Nichols’ “Take Shelter” and Morgan Spurlock’s “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.”
“Magic Trip” is a look at author Ken Kesey and his Merry Prankster’s American road trip. “Higher Ground,” adapted from the memoir “This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost,” centers on a woman (played by Farmiga) struggling to find meaning while growing up in an evangelical church.
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Photo: Norbert Leo Butz and Vera Farmiga in "Higher Ground." Credit: Molly Hawkey.